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The production index and the unaveraged index were unchanged in the week ended Feb. 13. After seasonal adjustment, crude-oil operations increased 4.1%, with the rated capacity at 94.4%. Rail-freight traffic was also up, with loadings in the West up 4.1%, but loadings in the East were off by 3.2%. Coal production grew 1%, with the largest weekly gain in Virginia. Auto output also increased. Steel, truck, and lumber production dipped.

LEADING INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STOCK PRICES (2/19) S&P 500 1239.19 1230.13 19.8

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (2/19) 6.40% 6.38% -4.6

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (2/8) billions $4,441.5 $4,441.6r 8.6

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (2/12) thous. 288 284r -7.1

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, PURCHASE (2/19) 231.7 232.9 -7.6

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS, REFINANCE (2/19) 1,324.2 1,401.4 -34.0

Sources: Standard & Poor's, Moody's, Federal Reserve, Labor Dept., Mortgage Bankers Assn. (Index: March 16, 1990=100)

INTEREST RATES

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

FEDERAL FUNDS (2/23) 4.73% 5.09% 5.49%

COMMERCIAL PAPER (2/23) 3-month 4.81 4.79 5.45

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (2/24) 3-month 4.91 4.91 5.56

FIXED MORTGAGE (2/19) 30-year 6.96 6.74 7.10

ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (2/19) one-year 5.72 5.75 5.71

PRIME (2/19) 7.75 7.75 8.50

Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Bloomberg Financial MarketsPRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL (2/20) thous. of net tons 1,973 1,930# -13.3

AUTOS (2/20) units 116,642 109,691r# -4.1

TRUCKS (2/20) units 147,892 156,985r# 5.1

ELECTRIC POWER (2/20) millions of kilowatt-hrs. 64,404 63,977# 2.7

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (2/20) thous. of bbl./day 14,309 14,556# 3.7

COAL (2/13) thous. of net tons 22,344# 22,425 -0.2

LUMBER (2/13) millions of ft. 509.3# 506.3 6.1

RAIL FREIGHT (2/13) billions of ton-miles 27.0# 26.9 2.3

Sources: American Iron & Steel Institute, Ward's Automotive Reports, Edison

Electric Institute, American Petroleum Institute, Energy Dept., WWPA1, SFPA2,

Association of American Railroads

PRICES

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

GOLD (2/24) $/troy oz. 287.400 285.750 -1.7

STEEL SCRAP (2/23) #1 heavy, $/ton 79.50 84.00 -43.4

COPPER (2/19) cents/lb. 65.7 70.1 -15.8

ALUMINUM (2/19) cents/lb. 57.5 59.0 -18.2

COTTON (2/19) strict low middling

1-1/16 in., cents/lb. 56.02 56.44 -10.9

OIL (2/23) $/bbl. 11.98 11.07 -21.9

CRB FOODSTUFFS (2/23) 1967=100 197.31 194.79 -10.5

CRB RAW INDUSTRIALS (2/23) 1967=100 255.25 258.89 -14.7

Sources: London Wednesday final setting, Chicago market, Metals Week, Memphis

market, NYMEX, Commodity Research Bureau

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

LATEST WEEK YEAR

WEEK AGO AGO

BRAZILIAN REAL (2/24) 2.0050 1.9100 1.1292

BRITISH POUND (2/24) 1.60 1.64 1.64

CANADIAN DOLLAR (2/24) 1.50 1.49 1.42

EUROPEAN EURO (2/24) 1.0971 1.1248 NA

JAPANESE YEN (2/24) 121.89 118.82 128.42

KOREAN WON (2/24) 1217.0 1175.0 1641.5

MEXICAN PESO (2/24)3 9.930 9.885 8.570

TRADE-WEIGHTED DOLLAR INDEX (2/24) 109.5 107.8 109.6

Sources: Major New York banks. Currencies expressed in units per U.S. dollar,

except for British Pound and European Euro in dollars. Trade-weighted dollar

via J.P. Morgan.

#Raw data in the production indicators are seasonally adjusted in computing

the BW index (chart); other components (estimated and not listed) include

machinery and defense equipment. 1=Western Wood Products Assn. 2=Southern

Forest Products Assn. 3=Free market value NA=Not available r=revised

NM=Not meaningful

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